Little Joys ch.54

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 23rd, 2020

Joy is found in simplicity, in the small moments, in the appreciation of many of the things in life we all tend to take for granted.

These things pass by the wayside of our conscious perception, we become adapted to them, forget them, and show disrespect for their ability to uplift us.

Sometimes it’s passing by a beautiful tree right near our home, ignoring the sound of running water, being annoyed by the chirping of birds in the morning, never taking time to be with the friend you have had for twenty years. Sometimes it’s as simple as forgetting to appreciate medicine, and how, even though it can be dangerous and is not a panacea, can sometimes save our lives, or at least save us from massive discomfort.

As someone who gets incredibly sea sick, I decided to take some medicine on the ferry ride back to Bali yesterday. I felt like I was dying on the first boat ride, and it took me two days to recover from the nausea. Yet just taking two little pills not only completely eliminated the sea sickness on the way back, but allowed me to appreciate the beautiful scenery around me, the light reflecting off water, the mountains in the distance, and even just simple conversation with a fellow passenger beside me.

We are blessed to be born in a modern world which allows us the chance to deal with some of the more unfortunate reactions our bodies have to certain things.

I for one am very happy to have found those pills.

Remember folks, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.53

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

Sometimes we meet someone who’s life is just made for film. All the craziness they have gone through, the strange opportunities they have gotten, the bad events, they all tie together into a tapestry of years that seem unreal. Yet there they are, and they shift our perspective, make us realize how lucky we are, and how amazing the world can be.

One of the delights of travel is being able to hear the stories of others, it expands our inner world, just like a great novel, and puts our own place on this floating blue ball into perspective.

We are all along for a crazy ride, and if you keep yourself open to experience then you will find people who will share some wild moments with you, and a little bit of joy will seep into your world through them.

Stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly.

Little Joys Compendium: Ch 50-52

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

Sometimes life hits you in the balls and throws you off track. Getting sick is probably the easiest way to lose momentum, and it’s been very difficult for me to focus on what has been delightful the last few days. Sitting down and really thinking over your days and finding those highlight moments and recognizing that there is joy within even the crappiest moments is the main reason for this exercise.  Let’s remember together fellow geeks.

February 19th, 2020 

We meet all sorts of people on our travels. Sometimes they can be a negative influence, but for most, even if rude or annoying, you can pull nuggets of wisdom or simply differences in perspective that keep your mind healthy and away from stagnation.  Remember not to let yourself get trapped in an echo chamber of similar opinions, debate is paramount for improving your own viewpoints and for finding new ones. There are pearls hiding in the depths of every human you meet, so keep yourself open to the experiences. There’s delight in improving yourself.

February 20th, 2020

All of us are born into different circumstances, have different opportunities, different genetics, so many factors playing into how we interact with life. It is important to remember that when someone or something good happens to you, when generosity is given to you, allowing you to live life in a more positive way, being thankful for that generosity is the least you can do. Don’t forget all the things that had to happen to get you where you are. Even if your personal situation is very difficult these days, or has been for awhile, the fact that you are alive is itself a miracle. There is so much death in life, and being able to simply be alive and take a walk is a gift. Whether you choose to embrace that idea is your own choice, but it is something I am trying to learn to live by. Letting go of so much of the negativity and pessimism I have lived with for most of my life, and appreciate all the positive aspects and improvements happening around the world. This is amplified when you travel and see how damn well off we are in western countries comparatively to most parts of the world. I am grateful for the life I have been given, joyful for the opportunity to see how lucky I am by traveling, even if it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies in my life.

February 21st, 2020

There is poetry in everything. I don’t know if many people find my poetry enjoyable or not, but it is something I found during my first travels many years ago, watching the waves froth along the beach in the early mornings, trying to find peace when all I felt was pain. From that pain and joy came words, words that have continued to flow out of me ever since, during walks, in the shower, while listening to podcasts, talking with friends. Sometimes simply by seeing a beautiful place or person. I am so grateful for those moments, the flowing of thought, forming sentence and meaning and art and driving me to write and write some more. It’s a joy to have this art in my life, a joy to be alive to see those beautiful waves and beautiful people who make me want to write pretty words, painful words, inspiring words, terrible words. Words are what create this world we live in, without them our world would be a desolate place. Through words we are tied to those long dead, and to those in our future. Words are creation. Words are joy.

As always, I hope these words find you all healthy, and letting your inner geek freak fly free. Have a phenomenal day folks!

 

 

 

Little Joys Ch.49

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 18th, 2020

I think there is a deep biological connection between us and trees. For most of us, the sight of any sort of tree evokes feelings of calm, of appreciation, and especially of beauty.

I see a negative reaction to nature from someone to be a sign that perhaps things are not going very well for them, as a rejection of beauty is usually one of the first signs of depression or anger.

Having returned to the mainland in Bali today, I decided to walk from the pier to my hostel, about a two and a half hour walk with my 12 kg bag. Perhaps not ideal considering I had recently gotten a sunburn on my face, but damn it I wanted to walk.

It was the right decision.

Street after street, trees abounded. Everywhere I looked nature was interwoven into the fabric of the city.

The only other place I had felt this sense of nature and man together was in Kyoto, but whereas Kyoto had imposed its will upon nature, as the Japanese are masters of, here in Bali you felt more of a relaxed atmosphere. Nature had been allowed to thrive in many places, on fences and houses, around buildings, and all down the road.

It was beautiful, and human, and joyous.

Just what I needed to start my day.

Remember to stay healthy folks, and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.48

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 17th, 2020

Many people think the idea of being selfish is a horrible thing. That focusing fully on yourself is something that makes you a bad person, that good people just give and give to others and take nothing for themselves.

This is foolishness.

If all you do is give, you will simply burn out and be miserable.

We all need to be selfish, to take joy and pleasure out of the giving we do. And we do need reciprocation to some degree. Most especially we need to take time for ourselves, to recharge our batteries, to be kind to ourselves, to remember that we are human and get sad and exhausted and just need to do things, small or large, that give us pure pleasure.

That might be traveling, that might be going to the spa, it might be heading to the gym and training till you drop.

Maybe you go hiking into the mountains for a few days, or leave the kids with a babysitter so you can have some alone time.

Or maybe its simply buying some ice cream and 8:30 in the morning because you’re feeling a bit lost.

It was really good ice cream, magnum classic, always hits the spot. I might even get a second one when I go out again.

We all need to be a little kinder to ourselves, and whatever you need to do to feel good, so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else, is nothing you need to feel ashamed for, or justify to others.

Do whatever makes your inner child feel a little joy in your day, even if only for a moment.

Then go out and be awesome again.

Remember to stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly folks!

Little Joys Ch.47

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 16th, 2020

Books are doorways into secret worlds, secret lives created by the minds of people around the world.

Many books follow the same set of rules, they have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

But some books simply are.

They give us a glimpse into a small piece of someones madness, someones day, someones moment. They help us connect with that part of us is that is confused, lost, trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is our life and make some sense of it all and understand that we are not alone in our loneliness.

Everyone has a scared child running through mazes in our minds and being confronted with the fact makes you realize that we are all trapped in the same maze together, all we need to do is reach out, spill our truths, and we can connect on a deeper level.

I just finished up the slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss. Its my second read through, and it is just as beautiful and broken and poetic as the first time I explored its pages. For anyone who has not read Patrick’s work, I highly recommend it. His king killer chronicles are wonderful books, imperfect as all stories are, and perfect in their imperfection. The slow regard of silent things is a small 60 page companion book which shares a few days of one of the characters in his series, and it is truly a wonderful book.

It might not be for you, but if it is, it will sink into your skin and rest against your heart for weeks and months.

Remember to stay healthy, let your geek freak fly, and never forget that you are not alone in your brokenness.

Little Joys Ch.46

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 15th, 2020

Nature never lets you forget its majesty.

There is always a new vista, a new landscape to discover.

Cities, architecture, paintings, all so beautiful, but they fall short of what a simple forest, or the view of the ocean can bring to your soul.

There is joy in nature, joy in remembering where our true home is.